Unite the Union

Unite the Union

July 25, 2007 06:53 ET

Unite wins legal 'first' against major publisher

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 25, 2007) - Unite the Union has won its legal proceedings in the first case of its kind against Macmillan after the publishers repeatedly refused to implement the Information and Consultation Regulations.

Publishing giant Macmillan has been fined GBP 55,000 by the Employment Appeals Tribunal which took just over 20 minutes to find against the company for its failure to implement the regulations which came into force in 2004.

Unite, the union which represents publishing and media workers, has been trying to persuade Macmillan to put into practice the regulations that allow its 1,300 employees to be consulted over management decisions that affect them.

Macmillan had previously ignored two rulings by the Central Arbitration Committee which instructed the company to comply with the regulations and this is the fourth consecutive time that the company has been found in breach of the Information and Consultation Regulations.

Tony Burke, Unite Assistant General Secretary, said:
"This is a legal first for Unite. We are very happy to have won this case but are concerned that the level of the fine will act as a sufficient deterrent for a global company of this size in the future.

"We hope that the company will now open urgent talks with us as until this issue is resolved they will continue to be in breach of the regulations they have been fined for. These regulations are not going away and neither are we."

Douglas Williamson, a Senior Unite representative at the company, said:
"The biggest issue for us is that the company are still not informing and consulting us over fundamental issues which effect our day to day employment.

"These employment rights have been given to us through a European Directive but after two years of rigorous campaigning, and after four successful cases against the company, they still refuse to comply with their legal obligations here in the UK. It would have been impossible to get this far without the financial backing, support and legal representation of Unite."

Contact Information

  • Unite Organiser
    Jamie Major
    07879 692021
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914